Three suspected thieves have been arrested after officers found copper and lead in a vehicle that had become trapped on an icy road in Ramsgate.
Kent Police was called at around 4.20am yesterday (February 9) to Broad Street following a report of men behaving suspiciously on the roof of a building.
Officers attended the scene and as part of their enquiries they found a van in Chatham Place, which had become unable to move due to the icy conditions.
A quantity of copper piping and lead was recovered and three men were arrested on suspicion of theft.
A 43-year-old man from Broadstairs, a 21-year-old man of no fixed address and a 33-year-old man from London have been released on bail until March 4 while enquiries are ongoing.
They should be made to do the work to replace what they have stolen. Obviously under supervision!!
Charge them under Covid Laws as well-stealing lead & other metals is not a valid reason to leave their houses & one has traveled from London.
One good reason for the icy roads then, thank KCC for that. I don’t suppose the cost of replacing it all will be recovered though, nevermind the destruction caused to the properties with snow and rain seeping in, but am pleased they were caught redhanded.
I saw three guys on the roofs of the block of houses and shops over the road a few years back at dusk. Reported suspicious behaviour and the police came and surrounded the block but because there were about 20 proprties in the block they couldn’t find which one all the lead was stored up in or identify the culprits so they left after an hour. The destruction caused to several of those properties that had all their lead stripped of and stolen was awful.